Buchanan: 'Downs have the experience, United have the hunger

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Keagan Buchanan (Gallo Images)
Keagan Buchanan (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Keagan Buchanan admits Mamelodi Sundowns are the favourites for the Telkom Knockout final but warns that Maritzburg United are hungrier for silverware.

The TKO final will get underway at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday in a game featuring two sides with contrasting histories.

Pitso Mosimane's Sundowns team have been immensely successful over the last few years, claiming seven major trophies, while United are yet to get their hands on silverware.

Buchanan acknowledges that the Brazilians have vast experience lifting trophies but believes United will be more motivated to cause an upset.

"We are going to war because both teams have got quality coaches and quality players, so it all depends on who wants it more," Buchanan told the media.

"Those guys have been winning cup and sometimes it is a benefit to have guys who have won the cups because they have the experience, but we also have the hunger of wanting to win a cup."

He added: "It is nice to be playing the final in KZN. For the semi-final we went to Mbombela and we had like 30 supporters but that didn’t change much to our approach.

"We don't need any motivation, it is a final against a big team and it is a chance for players to prove themselves and show that they deserve a trophy.

"There isn't any stage fright and if you look at our team, most of the guys are vastly experienced so I don't think there will be any stage fright. I think there will be excitement more than anything else."

- TeamTalk Media

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